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Rhubarb Jones to speak at 52nd Annual Celebration

Rhubarb Jones to speak at 52nd Annual Celebration

DALLAS, Ga. -- The Paulding County Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd Annual Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17, ringing in what is sure to be another great year for business in Paulding County.

The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Kennesaw State University professor and former radio personality Rhubarb Jones will deliver the keynote address at the event.

Individual tickets for the 52nd Annual Celebration are $125 each. Learn more at pauldingchamber.org.

Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta celebrates the spirit of giving

Copeland’s of New Orleans – Atlanta celebrates the spirit of giving

ATLANTA -- Copeland's presented the U.S. Marine Corps with toys and monetary donations on Saturday, December 8.

Staff members were excited to help the cause, and the restaurant offered free appetizers and desserts to patrons who brought toys or donations.

Both Copeland’s locations in Cumberland and Kennesaw will continue to accept toys or monetary donations for Toys for Tots until December 20.

All patrons are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, and will receive a free appetizer or dessert (up to a $10 value).

For more information about Toys for Tots please visit www.toysfortots.org

For more information about Copeland’s – Atlanta (and other charities they are involved with), please visit www.copelandsatlanta.com

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

Cobb educators honored by math teachers council

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Cobb County educators were honored during a recent awards ceremony for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Deborah Poss and Michelle Mikes were recognized by the council on Oct. 18.

Poss teaches at Lassiter High School in Marietta. She won the council's highest honor, the Gladys M. Thompson Distinguished Service Award. This lifetime achievement award is given annually to someone who has spent an entire teaching career going above and beyond the call of duty every day.

Michelle Mikes won the John Neff Award for excellence as Cobb County's district supervisor for math in grades 6-12. Mikes was honored for inspiring and mentoring teachers and serving as an advocate for math education.

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2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

2 Dynamo swimmers to participate in FINA Swimming World Cup Tour

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Dynamo Swim Club is used to producing champions.

Over the summer, one of its athletes, 18-year-old Matias Koski, made it to the London Olympics, swimming for his native Finland.

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Now, two more swimmers from the Chamblee-based club are making a splash on the international swimming scene.

Gunnar Bentz and Kylie Stewart, both 16, will participate in the European leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup Tour. They are among only eight junior U.S. swimmers to make the team.

Jason Turcotte, head coach and CEO of Dynamo, will lead the American team. Olympians Jessica Hardy and Anthony Ervin and NCAA national champion Tom Shields will also accompany the swimmers on their tour, which stops in Moscow on Oct. 17-18 and Berlin on Oct. 20-21.

Local Designer Selected for ADAC Exhibit

Local Designer Selected for ADAC Exhibit

Kennesaw resident Linda Castle, ASID, owner of Decorated Designs, has been selected for a new exhibit at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. "ADAC: Behind the Windows" is a six-month installation that pairs ADAC showrooms with local interior designers to create displays showcasing their talent.

The exhibit is one of many special events surrounding the opening of ADAC to the public on Oct. 1. The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is located in Buckhead's Peachtree Hills neighborhood. It is open Monday through Friday.

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

55 Cobb students among National Merit semifinalists

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- About 16,000 American high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, and 55 kids from Cobb County are among them.

These talented high school seniors will now compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, which will be offered next spring.

To become a semifinalist, a student must earn good grades and a high score on the PSAT. Finalists are named by submitting detailed scholarship applications to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Cobb's semifinalists include:

Campbell HS
Sarah Grisham
Joshua Morton
Rachel Tamas

Harrison HS
Jordan Bell
Jackson Hopper
Cullen Mowery

Hillgrove HS
Luke Maurer

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Anna Hankal
Audrey Milam

Lassiter HS
Brian Cohn
Anna Gwaltney
Bailey Johnson
James Rowe
Ryan Smith

KSU freshman named GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year

KSU freshman named GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A pre-pharmacy student at Kennesaw State University has been named the first-ever GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year.

Leslie Berry was introduced to GeorgiaBEST during her senior year of high school. The soft skills certification program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and was created to ensure that future members of Georgia's workforce are prepared to tackle real-world challenges.

Berry received a perfect 30 points in the GeorgiaBEST Soft Skills Assessment. She was one of only nine students at her alma mater, Rockdale Career Academy, to do so.

"Being a part of the GeorgiaBEST program ... (has) allowed me to learn first-hand the skills and characteristics of a hard worker," Berry, a KSU freshman, said in a statement. "This program has taught me how to be a desirable candidate for a job, and I am now prepared to enter the workforce with the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of professional settings."